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During the pandemic

If all goes well, the fall 2020 semester will be described in years to come as the heart of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The novel coronavirus that interrupted the spring 2020 semester at the midpoint will, if we are fortunate, fade throughout the spring 2021 semester as the vaccine becomes available. And in the future, many…
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Believe in them: First-generation students share experiences and offer advice 

Before coming to the United States, Rosa De La Torre Burmeister lived in a cardboard house in Ciudad Ju√°rez, Mexico. She worked in agricultural fields on the U.S. side of the border, where she earned 5 cents per bucket for the chile she harvested. Rosa was the first in her family to become a citizen…
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Learning, adapting and working together to get through the pandemic

As predicted by public health experts, the coronavirus situation continues to change. In early September, low prevalence on campus was a reassuring sign, and we passed the first hurdle of returning to campus. But the Labor Day spike started a wave of virus transmissions that continues to grow as our county, state, and region joined…
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Reaching out and coping during the pandemic

Seven months into this pandemic, there is no clear end in sight. Everybody is feeling stressed well beyond what we see during a normal October. This week saw the publication of several articles about students and stress related to the pandemic, and the results are alarming: With more data now available, the National Student Clearinghouse…
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All Aggies: Stay vigilant regarding COVID-19 in our community 

Cases of COVID-19 spike following holidays, and we are currently experiencing the increase expected after Labor Day. This spike is not inevitable. The most effective strategies to reduce transmission have been understood for months and are well documented in the NMSU Ready¬†plan. Given our current spike of cases in New Mexico and our region, I…
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